Blackcap Basin

Clovis, California 93619

Blackcap Basin

Blackcap Basin Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"One of a dozen High Sierra lakes within Blackcap Basin, Portal Lake occupies the top steps of a glacial staircase. Although official trails end at Portal Lake, exploration into the vast Blackcap Basin and beyond through this “portal” leads to exquisite scenic beauty at the west edge of the LeConte Divide and Kettle Ridge, deep in the heart of John Muir Wilderness."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
6 days
Best early July to late August
7,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,500 feet
Top Elevation
Sierra National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Rough Spur, Courtright Reservoir, Blackcap Mtn.
Local Maps

Trail Log